Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal – Match Preview

After a two week break and the euphoria of Walcottmania we are back to real football.  Arsenal travel north to Ewood Park, a place that has not always been a happy hunting ground for Wenger and the boys.  Add to that the late arrivals from international duty, and you already have the makings of lethargic, first gear display by the Gunners.  

Silvestre is still out injured, so the back line will remain the same, whilst Arsenal will wait to hear about Nasri’s injury.  On the other flank it will be a typical Wenger move to drop England’s pin-up boy and repalce him with Eboue.  Eboue will give us more steel in the midfield though we will give up Walcott incisive runs, pace and penetration.  On the subject of wingers, Rosisky will be out until at least October.

Wenger has a plethora of strikers to chose from, van Persie got off the mark against Newcastle, whilst Bendtner scored midweek against Portugal.  A big question mark remains over Adebayor and has he cleared his head following his international break tantrum?  Vela would be ideal against Blackburn, but Wenger will be reluctant to use him after his long haul flight.

If we start off as we played against Newcastle, then we will be ok,  we need to hit Blackburn early.  Our away games require a certain amount of caution , a more defensive role for Denilson, that is why I believe Eboue will start.  A victory is essential to keep the pressure on at the top, and to ensure we get an away victory, this breeds confidence in the team.

Start the game as we did against Fulham and it will be embarrassing. A second slip-up and the questions will be asked of Wenger and his transfer policy once more.

Posted on September 12, 2008, in Match Previews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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